Brechin City unveils bizarre Mel Gibson Braveheart statue outside stadium
Now the statue was created in 1996 by a local man called Tommy Church, so perhaps it is fitting that his Gibson ‘Marmite’ statue as William Wallace now resides outside the Brechin City house, Glebe Park.
The statue has been moved quite a bit, having already been seated elsewhere in Brechin, before being installed at the entrance to the Wallace monument in Stirling.
Then, in 2008, he returned to Church’s studio and workshop.
Entitled “Liberty” – for obvious reasons to anyone who has seen the film – it has not always been the most popular work of public art.
Ken Thomson, chief marketing officer at Stirling District Tourism, said in 2008: “Some people loved him while others hated him.”
This is why he also described it as a “cooking pot”.
Also, he was disfigured by vandals who disliked Gibson’s role as Wallace, they covered him in blue paint – which might have worked – and made marks on the statue’s face.
Another piece of the statue, the head of the Governor of York, was also stolen and has never been found, according to reports in the Daily check-in.
Either way, Brechin City, who plays in the Highland League, is obviously quite happy to have him.
They hosted a special ceremony yesterday where the statue was unveiled by STV presenter Andrea Brymer, as well as artist and club president Kevin Mackie.
On their website, the club posted a statement which read: “The sun and the crowd came for a fantastic day to honor the craftsmanship of Brechiner Tommy Church and it was great to see the community of all ages moving around. in numbers to support the event.
“Our thanks also go to former President David Birse for his friend and our piper of the day, Cameron Winter.”
It is also for a good cause. They raised money for a local kidney dialysis charity in the process.
Brechin Community Manager Clark Renilson added: “When Tommy came up with the idea, we were delighted to accept his offer which will not only be appreciated by our own supporters, but also by fans visiting the site. ground.
“The statue itself is a remarkable piece of craftsmanship from a local man who put Brechin on the map with his talents.
“Having already been on display across Scotland, we are delighted that the statue is located on our grounds for all to see and appreciate.”
However, some have compared Tom’s work to the famous Cristiano Ronaldo statue, as well as others have compared him to Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin.
One person wrote: “Hahahahaha, why did you accidentally carve a statue of Mel Gibson with his kilt stuck in a train door? Wallace looked like nothing like it.
Another wrote: “Did he accidentally step on a piece of Lego ..?”
A third said: “Thank you for keeping up the spirits.
“I haven’t laughed so much at anything in a very long time.”
Either way, it’s good that they raised money for charity, and that’s good publicity for Brechin City.